Days
45
Price from
$24,060AUD

For the wildlife lover travelling through Africa's top national parks makes for one of life's most rewarding adventures. And on this grand adventure the icing on the cake is witnessing the ancient sites of Egypt. Let our local leaders introduce you to Africa's lions, elephants, leopards and pyramids of Giza!


Start
Cairo, Egypt
Finish
Cape Town, South Africa
Country
Style
Peregrine
Code
PFGA
Physical rating
Traveller’s rating
(1 review)
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16

Why we love this trip

  • This grand adventure takes us from one end of the African continent to the other and offers an in-depth experience that combines ancient history with wildlife and breathtaking scenery.

  • uncover the mysteries of Egypt and admire pharaonic treasures as we embark on a cruise up the Nile, witnessing the local rural life along the river as we meander along.

  • the 'Big Five' await us as do many other members of the animal kingdom. Zanzibar is our perfect halfway stop with its stunning beaches and evocative old town.

  • Southern Africa offers us more stunning wildlife experiences, Mother Nature's landmark places such as Victoria Falls, Okavango Delta, Fish River Canyon and Table Mountain.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 May 2016 to 31 December 2016. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2015 - 30 April 2016

On arrival at Cairo International Airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. This is simply an arrival day so you may arrive in Cairo at any time. Note that hotel rooms are generally only available after midday.
The balance of the day is free to explore your surroundings, but normally a welcome meeting is held in the evening where you meet your tour leader and fellow travellers.
Accommodation
  • Grand Pyramids Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
The Egyptian Museum is simply one of the world's great museums, home to a stupendous collection of antiquities and the perfect introduction to your tour, exhibiting many of the region's treasures.
You will head there after breakfast and your expert guide takes you through Egypt's rich and fascinating dynastic history. You will then have some free time to explore on your own; you may wish to visit the Royal Mummy Room (optional and at extra cost).
You will then drive out to Giza, home to perhaps the greatest iconic structures ever created by man - the Pyramids and the Sphinx. Instantly familiar yet retaining a mystique and power, getting up close to these incredible pharaonic tombs is captivating. For an additional charge you may be able to go inside the Great Pyramid of Khufu (or Cheops), although occasionally it may be closed to visitors.
Afterwards you will return to your hotel, where there is plenty of time to freshen up and pack before you are transferred to the railway station for the overnight sleeper train to Luxor.
Sleeping berths (beds and linen) are provided in private cabins and an airline-style dinner will be served. It is worth bringing additional snacks and your tour leader can help you to arrange this. A toilet is located at the end of each carriage.
Accommodation
  • Novotel El Borg or Similar (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Downtown Cairo - GREE - USD45
  • Half Day Pyramids Adventure - GERF - USD67
  • Islamic Cairo in Depth - GRED - USD64
  • Alexandria City Discovery - GREA - USD133
  • Saqqara and Memphis - GREC - USD73
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
The Egyptian Museum is simply one of the world's great museums, home to a stupendous collection of antiquities and the perfect introduction to your tour, exhibiting many of the region's treasures.
You will head there after breakfast and your expert guide takes you through Egypt's rich and fascinating dynastic history. You will then have some free time to explore on your own; you may wish to visit the Royal Mummy Room (optional and at extra cost).
You will then drive out to Giza, home to perhaps the greatest iconic structures ever created by man - the Pyramids and the Sphinx. Instantly familiar yet retaining a mystique and power, getting up close to these incredible pharaonic tombs is captivating. For an additional charge you may be able to go inside the Great Pyramid of Khufu (or Cheops), although occasionally it may be closed to visitors.
Afterwards you will return to your hotel, where there is plenty of time to freshen up and pack before you are transferred to the railway station for the overnight sleeper train to Luxor.
Sleeping berths (beds and linen) are provided in private cabins and an airline-style dinner will be served. It is worth bringing additional snacks and your tour leader can help you to arrange this. A toilet is located at the end of each carriage.
Accommodation
  • Sleeper Train (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Camel ride at the Pyramids - EGP50
  • The 2nd Pyramid of Khafre - EGP40
  • The Great Pyramid of Cheops - EGP200
Included Activities
  • Egyptian Museum
  • Egyptian Museum headset
  • Pyramids and Sphinx
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
After an early breakfast on board, the train rolls into Luxor - a buzzing place with a great bazaar and situated close to some of ancient Egypt's most important and extraordinary sights.
You will be transferred to your Nile cruise boat, which will be your home for the next four nights. You can relax by the pool on the boat or explore the town.
Later in the day you will a take horse-drawn carriages to Karnak - one of the world's most celebrated temple complexes, built over a period of some 200 years.
Your guided tour of the temple reveals the complex's finest sections. For the rest of the afternoon and evening you will be free to relax, shop in the bazaar (open until quite late) or perhaps experience the atmosphere of a local tea house.
Accommodation
  • Riverboat (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Sound and Light Show at Karnak - EGP100
  • Luxor Museum - EGP100
Included Activities
  • Karnak Temple
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
You will rise early this morning (much earlier during summer!) and head into the Valley of the Kings, where buried under the arid hills are over 60 tombs of pharaohs, many richly decorated with reliefs and paintings.
It's a compelling place, vast and spectacular, and discoveries are still being made. Tutankhamun's final resting place is also located here, but entry to this small tomb is quite limited. It is at additional cost, but you will be given some free time when you will have the opportunity to visit it.
Your guide will explain the funerary rites of the ancient Egyptians and significance of the many paintings and hieroglyphics. You will visit three royal tombs and then continue to the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, set in a spectacular natural amphitheatre. Your final stop is at the Colossi of Memnon - giant statues that were once part of an impressive colonnade.
You will return to the boat and enjoy lunch on board. There is time to relax on deck or in your cabin before you set sail for Edfu. Departure time may vary, depending on river traffic – please refer to the note regarding cruise schedules in the 'Other Information' section. You will pass through Esna Lock, which can sometimes be a slow process depending on the number of vessels waiting to get through, and continue your journey upstream.
Accommodation
  • Riverboat (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Hatshepsut Temple
  • Valley of the Kings (3 tombs)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Morning finds you moored near Edfu, an excellently-preserved temple dedicated to Horus - the falcon-headed god. You will disembark and explore the temple as well as experiencing the bustling town centre.
Returning to the cruise boat, you will continue travelling upriver, relaxing on the sundeck and taking in the surrounding sights - desert hills forming a backdrop to lush riverbanks, fishermen casting their nets and farmers working their land.
Arriving at Komombo, your short walk around the Temple of Sobek (the crocodile-headed god) that lies picturesquely ruined on the river's edge provides an interesting insight into the Greco-Roman period.
Accommodation
  • Riverboat (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Edfu Temple
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
You will arrive in Aswan today, Egypt's southernmost city and a place with an easygoing charm that is due in no small part to its large Nubian population. Depending on your arrival time, you may visit the beautiful Temple of Isis that was rescued from the rising waters of the Nile and relocated on Philae Island (alternatively you will visit it tomorrow).
It is an absolute gem, its decorative pylons featuring some of Egypt's finest carvings - definitely one of the highlights of Upper Egypt. The rest of our day will be free to wander – and Aswan is a great place for it.
The Nubian Bazaar is a must, while the excellent Nubian Museum is recommended by many. The waterfront promenade, or Aswan's 'corniche', runs alongside the one of Nile's most appealing stretches and is the perfect place to stop for a mint tea.
Aswan is a great little town and there are plenty of relaxing and interesting options here. Dusk is when the waterfront comes alive with families out strolling, socialising and relaxing along the corniche.
Accommodation
  • Riverboat (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kom Ombo Temple
  • Philae Temple
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
You will disembark the cruise boat and check into your hotel. The optional visit to Abu Simbel will take place this morning. This trip is well worth it. With the four gargantuan statues of Ramses guarding the Great Temple, this is one of Egypt's most memorable sights. The rest of the day will be free for you to make your own discoveries. Please note the departure time for Abu Simbel is 4am to join the convoy to the temple
A popular afternoon option in Aswan is a sailboat ride around the islands in a traditional felucca, stopping off at the botanical gardens on Kitchener's Island.
Alternatively, take a camel ride to the Monastery of St Simeon - an abandoned 7th century fortress monastery located in the desert on the Nile's west bank. Your tour leader will be on hand to help you arrange any excursions.
Alternatively, you may just prefer to relax by the hotel pool or do some shopping in the friendly bazaar.
In the evening you will visit a Nubian village and enjoy the hospitality of your hosts as you dine out on some delicious local cuisine. You will also be treated to some Nubian dancing and may even have the chance to perform some of the moves yourself!
Accommodation
  • Hotel Basma or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
After breakfast you will be transferred to Aswan airport for the short flight back to Cairo where you will be met and taken to your hotel. Today you will dive into another layer of Egyptian history: medieval Cairo. You will head to Khan al-Khalili Bazaar, Cairo's oldest mosque and the Gayer-Anderson Museum.
The 'Khan', sprawling around an old area known as Al-Azhar, is a quintessentially Cairo experience - a warren of alleys with stalls serving up a succession of intoxicating scenes and retaining a distinctly medieval and sometimes carnivalesque feel. It's Cairo's finest area to practice your bartering skills!
You will explore the gold market, 'perfume street' and the spice market, where heady aromas hang in the air like a thick blanket of Damascene cloth (which can be purchased next door in the cloth market).
The beautiful 9th century Ibn Tulun Mosque is one of the oldest, largest and arguably the most beautiful mosque in Egypt – the perfectly proportioned courtyard and distinctive minaret both help to mark it out as a masterpiece of Islamic architecture.
Nearby stands the Gayer-Anderson Museum, housed in two fine old villas (dating to the 16th and 17th centuries AD). Once owned by an English army officer, the two houses contain a fascinating collection of Arabic artefacts, furniture and memorabilia, offering you a great insight into Cairene life during the Ottoman period.
Accommodation
  • Novotel El Borg or Similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Gayer Anderson
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
On arrival in Nairobi, you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel by our Peregrine representative. You may wish to speak to our representative regarding any additional tours or activities that you might wish to do while you’re in Nairobi. There will be a trip briefing at the hotel at 6.00pm this evening.
The rest of the day is spent at your leisure. Please note this is an arrival day – you can arrive at any time.
Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, was established at the turn of the 20th century by Europeans as a stores depot during the construction of the East African Railway.
Without plan or design, it established itself as the capital of the British protectorate, and today has a population of around three million.
Accommodation
  • Panafric Hotel or similar (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • National Museum - USD10
  • Karen Blixen museum - USD14
  • Bomas of Kenya - USD12
  • Langata Giraffe Sanctuary - KES1200
  • Carnivore Restaurant - KES3500
  • Nairobi National Park safari walk - USD30
Included Activities
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
We depart Nairobi after breakfast and head north, driving along the escarpment of the Great Rift Valley.
This morning we will drive to Elsamere, stopping for lunch with the lake as a serene backdrop. 'Elsamere' is the former home of the writer, Joy Adamson. 'Born Free' was written in 1960 and did much to bring the issue of African wildlife conservation into the mainstream. The house is a veritable museum that dedicated to the works of Joy and George Adamson, and of course there are many photos of Elsa – the lioness that started it all!
After lunch we will enjoy a boat trip on Lake Naivasha, where we look out for some of the many resident hippos that live on the waters. Lake Naivasha – the second largest lake in Kenya and the highest of the lakes (1884m) in the Great Rift Valley.
Continue to our tented camp, arriving in the early evening.
Our tented camp is positioned on a lava outcrop commanding stunning views over the private Soysambu Conservancy towards UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lake Elementeita. The Camp’s dining area features an outdoor terrace with camp fire pit and a safari bar. The terrace overlooks a water hole which attracts wildlife in the mornings and evenings.
Accommodation
  • Sleeping Warrior Tented Camp or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Lake Naivasha - Boat trip
  • Elsamere Conservation Centre
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
This morning we visit Lake Nakuru National Park in 4x4's; the centrepiece of the park is the lake itself. Mornings can be cold so please dress warmly. Lake Nakuru is a soda lake which in previous years was famously home to massive numbers of flamingos - up to two million on occasion - and thousands of other birds. It has been described as the world's greatest ornithological spectacle and, at times, the lake is literally a sea of pink.
Flooding in recent years has meant a decline in birdlife.
However, the park itself also boasts substantial numbers of other species, including waterbuck, reedbuck and gazelle. Leopards are also to be found here, providing good chances for sightings (although there are no guarantees!). Perhaps we may also be fortunate enough to encounter one of Africa's most endangered animals - the rhinoceros. There is quite a good chance of seeing white rhinos, whilst black rhinos may prove to be more elusive.
Accommodation
  • Sleeping Warrior Tented Camp or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Lake Nakuru - Evening game drive
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today we head south-west to our next destination, the Masai Mara – arguably one of the finest game reserves in Africa. We will have an afternoon game drive in the truck on the way to our tented camp.
Set in what is considered Kenya's prime wildlife area, Mara Leisure Camp is located along the Talek River, on the northern boundary of the Masai Mara Game Reserve. Facilities at the camp include a swimming pool, business centre, gift shop, bar and restaurant.
Accommodation
  • Mara Leisure Tented Camp or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Masai Mara - Game drive
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today we’ll jump into 4x4's to explore more of the park with morning and afternoon game drives as we witness the wonderful procession of wildlife that inhabits the area. Wildebeest, zebra and gazelle are plentiful and, with any luck, we may spot the predators keeping a casual eye on their movements. Elephant, giraffe and eland are also commonly sighted, along with plenty of bird life.
The area is known for its rolling green plains and riverine woodlands, and amongst the many species of game, we may be lucky to observe black-maned lion, leopard and cheetah.
An optional balloon ride over the Masai Mara at sunrise is an unforgettable experience. If you have pre-booked this activity you will be picked up from our camp before dawn and driven to the launch site where you will receive a safety briefing from your pilot. You then glide through the dawn, sometimes at tree height, providing amazing wildlife photography opportunities; sometimes ascending to get an overview of the enormity of the Masai Mara plains and the early morning movements of the teeming herds. Upon landing you'll be treated to a bush breakfast before rejoining your group.
As dusk falls we may see a variety of animals in the vicinity of our camp too!
Accommodation
  • Mara Leisure Tented Camp or similar (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Masai Mara Balloon ride (from price) - USD500
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
We leave the Masai Mara behind and make our way onward to Migori. On the way we will stop for lunch (own expense) and visit a local Soapstone factory in Kisii.
Kisii town is home to the best soapstone carvers in the continent. Their products are very popular in Australia, Europe and the USA. Kisii is a favourite stopover for tourists who want a taste of the exquisite Kisii carvings.
Accommodation tonight is quite basic. This is due to very few options in the area and a need to break up the journey.
Accommodation
  • Grabo County Dream Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
This morning cross into Tanzania before heading to the Serengeti National Park. The Serengeti, which means 'endless plains' in Masai, is Tanzania's largest park, covering an area of 14,700 square kilometres. Its main claim to fame lies in the fact that it is home to over three million animals including a multitude of plains animals that provide for the greatest wildlife spectacle in the world. A unique phenomenon is the annual migration. Hundreds of thousands of wildebeest and zebra trek the route annually, in some places simply grazing, in other places rushing madly across rivers and plains. The game most likely to be seen in the Serengeti in addition to the wildebeest and zebra are gazelle, lion, cheetah, warthog, hyena, hippo and ostrich. In all there are more than thirty-five species of plains animals, as well as a great profusion of bird life. Game Drive enroute to our camp and watch the landscape change within the park from the vast treeless central plains to thick scrub and forest in the north. Linking these areas is the savannah, dotted with acacia trees and magnificent rock outcrops.

The next 2 nights will be spent at our feature stay on this trip; Kati Kati mobile tented camp. The 10 tent camp has the perfect balance of being in the heart of the Serengeti but away from the crowded lodge area. The Meru-style tents are a great place to relax at the end of the day with their big beds, table, clothes rack, sink, shower and toilet.
The camp has a comfortable lounge area, and a cosy mess tent located in the centre of the camp where meals are served. The campfire is ready every evening for appetizers before dinner.
We love the fact that this is an eco-friendly camp; lighting and power is supplied by solar lights, and the tents easily transportable so they can be moved around to allow the previous area to recover.
Accommodation
  • Kati Kati Tented Camp or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Serengeti Game drive
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
We’ll enjoy a further full day of game drives in our truck in the magnificent Serengeti.
Perhaps the ultimate way to go game viewing is on a hot air balloon safari over the great plains of the Serengeti and Masai Mara. Hot-air ballooning in East Africa offers an unforgettable way to see a truly spectacular part of the world and we strongly recommend booking this activity prior to departure.
Accommodation
  • Kati Kati Tented Camp or similar (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Balloon ride (from price) - USD500
Included Activities
  • Serengeti Game drive
  • Serengeti - Game drive
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
After an early morning game drive we depart for the Ngorongoro Crater. Upon arrival we check into our accommodation just outside of the crater.
This small and exclusive lodge faces the Oldeani Volcano, and is located approximately 5 kilometers from the Ngorongoro Lolduare gate.
Accommodation
  • Ngorongoro Farmhouse or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Ngorongoro Crater - Game drive
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
In the morning we jump into 4x4's and descend to the crater floor, where we hope to see some, if not all, of the 'Big Five'. Ngorongoro Crater is indisputably one of Africa's most beautiful nature reserves and is certainly one of the most spectacular settings found anywhere. It is the largest intact caldera in the world and was declared a World Heritage Site in 1978. Geologically, Ngorongoro is the remnant of a volcano that blew apart, leaving a flat plain area ringed with steep walls. The Ngorongoro volcano, before it exploded and collapsed 2 million years ago, was one of the world's tallest mountains. Unlike the Serengeti and Masai Mara, the migration in the Ngorongoro Crater is scant, as it has an abundant year-round food and water supply, and the walls of the collapsed volcano discourage migration. Animals within the Ngorongoro Crater are less shy of people and safari vehicles, so it's easier to view the animals up close. Views from the rim of the crater are sensational. On the crater floor, grassland blends into swamps, lakes, rivers, woodland and hills. The Masai are permitted to water their cattle at the permanent lake and can be seen leading their animals in and out of the crater. The most commonly seen animals are lion, wildebeest, zebra, eland, bushbuck, cheetah, jackal, buffalo, Grant's gazelle, Thompson's gazelle and black rhinoceros.
Afternoon at leisure to do optional walking activities or perhaps a coffee tour.
Accommodation
  • Ngorongoro Farmhouse or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Ngorongoro Crater - Game drive
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Depart for Arusha after breakfast. It is then time for fond farewells, as some of your fellow travellers may be leaving the trip in Arusha, along with the tour leader from the East Africa sector.
Those of you who are continuing to Zanzibar will be transferred to Kilimanjaro Airport for your flight. You will be unescorted for the Zanzibar sector, but our local representatives will be on hand to look after you.
On arrival you will be transferred to the east coast of the island. During your time by the beach you will enjoy safe swimming or simply relax on the white powdery beaches. There is a fitness centre for those who want to do some exercise prior to the excellent meals served in the restaurant.
Accommodation
  • Breezes Beach Club or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Your wonderful resort is situated along a white sandy beach. There is a swimming pool, water sports, restaurants, bars and shopping bazaar. It's a perfect place to unwind in the middle of your busy safari.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Your third day in Zanzibar will be spent in Stone Town, and the remainder of the day will be at your leisure - explore the winding alleyways and streets. The historic buildings hark back to a bygone era and the magnificent doors are are impressive examples of Swahili heritage.
Alternatively you might like to join a highly recommended tour of the spice plantations, which can be easily arranged through your local operator, Zanzibar Unique. On this spice tour you should see and taste a variety of spices (cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, mace, etc.), as well as tropical fruits. Your guide may also introduce certain rare plants including the henna bush and lipstick tree before you are driven back to Stone Town.
Accommodation
  • Tembo Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today you will fly south to Johannesburg - the largest city in South Africa. You will be unescorted during this portion of the tour. You can expect to arrive at the Peermont Metcourt Hotel Johannesburg by mid-afternoon.
On arrival please make your way to the shuttle terminus located in the Parkade building, between the domestic & international terminals. If you are unsure on where to go please ask for directions at the Information Desk located within the arrivals area. At the shuttle terminus please wait for the black and gold Emperors Palace bus at the terminus. The shuttle runs every 20 minutes. Tell the driver you are staying at Peermont Metcourt.
Peermont Metcourt is one of many hotels located within the Emperors Palace Hotel Casino Convention Resort, which is conveniently situated alongside OR Tambo International Airport. There are a number of facilities within the resort such as restaurants, entertainment and retail shops so you won’t need to venture out of the resort to have dinner.
Please note that the Courtesy Shuttle runs between the hours of 06h00 and 00h00 daily, for any transport requirements after 00h00 you will need to arrange a private transfer.
Accommodation
  • Peermont Metcourt or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
This morning you will take the courtesy airport shuttle from your hotel to Johannesburg International Airport, for your flight to Victoria Falls. The shuttle service departs from the hotel at 20 minute intervals. On arrival at Victoria Falls you will be met and transferred to your boutique lodge.
The rest of the day will be at your leisure to wander around town and to book any optional tours or activities through local agents.
Optional activities include morning and afternoon game drives or walks in the Zambezi National Park. Or you might choose to enjoy a jaw-dropping helicopter flight over the falls and the Zambezi Gorges.
This evening at 6pm there will be a welcome meeting where you will meet your new leader and the rest of the group.
Accommodation
  • Victoria Falls Safari Lodge or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
This morning you will visit the magnificent Victoria Falls, named by Dr David Livingstone in honour of his English queen. Victoria Falls are considered one of the seven wonders of the natural world and, when in full flow, they form the largest sheet of falling water in the world. The falls are also commonly referred to by their Kololo name, Mosi-oa-Tunya, or 'the Smoke That Thunders' and you’ll see (and hear!) why on our morning tour.
Once inside the park, your guide will take you through the falls area, stopping at different vantage points along the way to explain the history of the falls and its surroundings.
After your tour of Vic Falls, you will return to your lodge where the rest of the day will be at leisure. Tonight you'll share an incredible dinner at the Boma Restaurant. The mouth-watering main course is a buffet of local meats, which may include warthog, buffalo, crocodile, impala and more. Throughout the meal you'll be entertained with local song and dance, where everyone is given an African drum and encouraged to join the party.
Please note that if you don’t wish to join in with the drumming you may wish to choose an earlier session for dinner.
Accommodation
  • Victoria Falls Safari Lodge or similar (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Flying fox - USD50
  • Gorge swing - USD110
  • Helicopter flight (12 mins) - USD175
  • Helicopter flight (25 mins) - USD334
  • Rafting & river boarding combo (half day) - USD218
  • Sunset cruise Zambezi river - USD50
  • Village & township tour - USD50
Included Activities
  • Victoria Falls Entrance
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
This morning you will follow the Zambezi River to Botswana and make your way to Chobe National Park. You will arrive at your lodge at around midday, where you can relax by the pool or take an optional afternoon game drive in Chobe National Park. This can be arranged locally with your Tour Leader.

You will spend the next two nights in a chalet located just outside Chobe National Park.
Accommodation
  • Chobe Safari Lodge or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
This morning you will take a game drive in Chobe National Park, where you may see elephants drinking at the waters' edge, large herds of cape buffaloes and many impala within the park. In the afternoon you’ll take a breathtaking cruise on the Chobe River, ideal for spotting bird life such as saddle-billed storks, malachite kingfishers, fish eagles and beautiful bee-eaters as well as hippos, crocodiles and large families of elephants.
Make sure you rug up, we will be in an open 4x4 vehicle and it can get really chilly in the early morning.
Accommodation
  • Chobe Safari Lodge or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Heading south, we continue our journey to the Makgadikgadi Pans for an afternoon excursion in open 4x4's to one of the largest salt flats in the world, before heading to our lodge.
Located in the north-east of Botswana, the Makgadikgadi Pans is a large salt pan situated in the middle of the dry savanna. This pan is now all that remains of the former Lake Makgadikgadi.
Our feature stay for tonight is at the magnificent Nata Lodge, which is located on the edge of the pans. Accommodation here is in air-conditioned thatched chalets built on stilts and set in rustic African style, with ensuite bathrooms including an indoor freestanding bath and an outdoor shower.
Sit by the pool or relax in the lounge area and take in your surroundings after a long day.
Accommodation
  • Nata Lodge or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Nata Pan Excursion
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
After breakfast this morning we will head to Maun - the gateway of the Okavango Delta.
For those wanting more adventure, there's an opportunity to fly over the delta in a small plane for a bird's-eye view - a great way to appreciate the immensity of this watery world. Your leader can give you more information on this activity and how to book.
Otherwise the afternoon is free to sit by the pool, catch up on emails, or laundry.
Accommodation
  • Thamalakane River Lodge (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Head to the Okavango Delta, where we board speedboats that will take us to your home for the next two nights, a houseboat in the middle of the Okavango Delta. Please note you will need to pack a small bag or backpack for this trip as we won't be taking all of our luggage with us.
Your floating home for the next 2 nights is the most incredibly peaceful way to experience the delta. The houseboat has twin-share cabins with bedding, towels and mosquito nets provided (no single supplement is available on these nights). Cabins are very small, and basic but we don't expect you'll be spending much time in there. There is also a dining area on the deck, tea/coffee making facilities and a small collection of books and boardgames.
This evening head to the deck where your captain will serve dinner, enjoy a sundowner, and listen to the sound of the Hippos along the waters edge.
Please note that on occasions our houseboat won't be available due to regular servicing and maintenance requirements. If this occurs the program will be replaced with alternative land arrangements.
Accommodation
  • Okavango Houseboat (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Okavango Delta - Mokoro tours & game walks
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
This morning after breakfast we take a speedboat and 4x4 to a nearby poling station. From here you have the opportunity to experience the myriad waterways in traditional dugout canoes (mokoros) with a local guide. Your guide will take you on a nature walk around one of the many Islands in the Delta.
After a picnic lunch, return to the houseboat where you're free to relax, read a book or do some fishing. This evening grab a sundowner, pull up a chair and witness the often breathtaking sunset before your captain serves up dinner on the deck again.
Accommodation
  • Okavango Houseboat (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Travel on to Ghanzi, known as the "Capital of the Kalahari".
Accommodation tonight is at a community project in Ghanzi and a bit more basic than what you will encounter throughout your journey, however the concept and experience of Dqae Qare San Lodge will be well worth it.
The Dqae Qare San Lodge is run and owned by the local San Bushmen people and supports the San D'Kar community through employment.
There is an impressive concentration of bird life here and you may wish to go for a walk before dinner to stretch your legs after the long driving day.
A 3 course meal prepared by the local women will be served in the communal lounge and dining area. There is also an 'honesty' bar with wine, beer and soft drinks available to buy.
Later this evening we will be treated to a real cultural experience and interaction with the local Bushmen. As we sit around the camp fire the Bushmen will share their extraordinary knowledge of the Kalahari and culture through stories and traditional dancing.
Accommodation
  • Dqae Qare San Lodge or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Dqae Qare San Cultural Experience
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Cross the border into Namibia and head to Windhoek.
Take in the German architecture of Tintenpalast (Ink Palace), the Christuskirche (church), the gymnasium and the Genossenschaftshaus
Accommodation
  • Hotel Thule (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Travel to Etosha National Park. Time permitting you may embark on a short afternoon game drive when you arrive on Day 2.
Perhaps spot black rhino, Hartmann's mountain zebra, black-faced impala, roan antelope and the tiny Damara dik-dik during game drives. Game viewing in the park is relatively easy due to the man-made waterholes and the large sparsely vegetated pans. The bushland surrounding the pans is difficult to see through but there are enough clearings, pans and waterholes to usually allow for some sightings. Namibia has protected its game reserves against poaching so there are large herds of elephants, antelope and other herbivores.
Accommodation
  • Toshari Lodge or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Etosha National Park - Game drives
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Enjoy a full day of game viewing (in our truck), before returning to the lodge and finishing up the day with a swim in the pool.
Accommodation
  • Toshari Lodge or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Etosha National Park - Game drives
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Get off the beaten track and head into the heart of Damaraland.
Today is a long travel day and you should arrive at our lodge early this evening. Accommodation for the next two nights is situated on the banks of the Hoanib River in the Khowarib Gorge.
Home to Namibia's highest peak, ancient rock paintings and petrified forests, the harshly beautiful and sparsely populated Damaraland region is a land of spectacular contrasts.
On the way to your lodge, you will spend the afternoon visiting the surrounding sights such as Twyfelfontein Heritage Site and The Petrified Forest. Depending on the time of year, you may be lucky enough to see the desert elephants in this area.
Accommodation
  • Khowarib Lodge or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Petrified Forest
  • Twyfelfontein - Bushman Paintings
  • Twyfelfontein Heritage Site
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today is a free day for you to explore the region and perhaps look at some of the optional activities in the area. Day time temperatures in this area often peak around 30C so we try and get our visits to the sights done as early as possible and spend the remainder of the day back at the camp by the pool or in the shade.
Accommodation
  • Khowarib Lodge or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Travel on through the Namib Desert today, to reach the Atlantic Ocean coastline – a beautiful, diverse, and colourful landscape. Your destination is the beachside town of Swakopmund on the Skeleton Coast.
Upon arrival at Swakopmund, you will check into your hotel and have free time to enjoy this gorgeous coastal town. The accommodation is within walking distance of the town, where you can enjoy a walk on the beach, open air markets or the local museum.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Zum Kaiser or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
You may wish take an option trip north to Cape Cross - a breeding site for Cape fur seals. There can be in excess of 100,000 seals there at any given time, creating quite a spectacle. Quite a smell too, if the wind happens to change direction. You will wander the coastline and attempt to capture these beautiful creatures in a photo or two, and also visit the large cross that sits nearby, left there by Diego Cao, who was the first European person to arrive on Namibian soil in 1485. There are also a number of optional activities available here for those who are interested; they all come at an extra cost.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Zum Kaiser or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
You will depart your coastal retreat in Swakopmund and head south today. Rising at dawn, you will venture through the orange-hued beauty of the immense sand dunes as the sun rises.
Accommodation
  • Solitaire Guest Farm or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Take an early morning visit to Sossusvlei, which lies at the end of an ancient riverbed. If you are in the mood, a climb to the top of dune 45 will grant you unsurpassed views of the region. In the afternoon you will visit Sesriem Gorge, a fascinating place of natural wonder. Why not finish your Namib-Naukluft National Park experience on a high with an optional visit to Elim Dune.
Included Activities
  • Sesriem Canyon
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
You leave Sossusvlei early and head to Fish River Canyon today – one of the largest canyons in the world. You will stop at various lookouts, which offer spectacular views and photographic opportunities.
You'll hopefully see some beautiful birdlife while you’re here, including plovers, wagtails, hammerkops and herons. If you're lucky you may even catch a glimpse of a baboon or antelope at dusk.
At 500 metres deep and over 160 km long, Fish River Canyon is one of the largest canyons in the world, ranking close in size to Peru's Colca Canyon and the Grand Canyon in the USA. There are remarkable photographic opportunities here and we try to take in the sunset glows before heading on to our lodge.
In the afternoon the magnificence of the canyon is amplified, as the setting sun reflects off walls and changes their colour.
Accommodation
  • Canyon Lodge or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Fish River Canyon
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
You will leave Fish River Canyon today and head on to Orange River. You should reach your destination on the banks of the river by mid-afternoon.
The Orange River is the longest in South Africa, running from high up in the Drakensberg mountain range and on to the Atlantic Ocean.
The river is significant for its role in transporting diamonds which in turn leaves the deposits that are found along the Namibian coastline.
Set off this afternoon (time permitting) on a canoe trip down the Orange River. If we run out of time this afternoon, we will do this canoe trip on the morning of Day 12.
Accommodation
  • Felix Unite or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Sawubona! Welcome to South Africa.
Leaving Namibia behind we cross the border into South Africa.
Today is a long travel day, arriving at our guesthouse in the late afternoon/early evening - depending on the border crossing formalities and photo stops along the way.
Spend the evening in Clanwilliam.
Accommodation
  • Clanwilliam Lodge or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Canoe trip - Orange River
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Visit Cape Gannet Island. In August and September, you may catch flocks of beautiful gannet – they use the island for breeding. This is a great opportunity for keen bird watchers - this colony is the most accessible of the six located in South Africa and Namibia.
Observing these creatures as they wheel, land and settle into their designated positions within their community is truly a spectacle.
Have lunch at a local restaurant dubbed one of the "Top Ten Sea Views to Dine For" by National Geographic - Muisbosskerm.
You will travel on to Cape Town today, where your trip will end upon arrival.
If you intend to fly out of Cape town today, please don't book a flight before 10.00pm. You can choose to stay on in Cape Town if you wish, ask about additional accommodation when you book the trip.
If you have extra time, Cape Town, with its internationally recognised beaches, is a great place to kick back and relax. If you'd rather get active, hop inside the revolving cable car and set off on one of hundreds of hiking trails that criss cross Table Mountain to its summit, stopping off the admire the views of Camps Bay below. If you've got energy left perhaps strap on a harness and abseil down. Other attractions worth a visit include the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, Robben Island, and the Cape Point Nature Reserve.
Optional Activities
  • Table Mountain - Hiking - ZAR720
  • Table Mountain - Aerial cable - ZAR250
  • Robben Island tour - ZAR260
  • South African Museum - ZAR27
  • District Six Museum - ZAR25
  • Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens - ZAR45
  • South Africa National Gallery - ZAR35
  • Harbour cruise - ZAR200
  • Bo-Kaap Museum - ZAR30
Included Activities
  • Lamberts bay - Cape Gannet Island
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Meals

41 breakfasts, 28 lunches, 33 dinners

Transport

4WD vehicle, Boat, Custom-built overland vehicle, Houseboat, Mokoro, Open 4WD vehicles, Plane, Private vehicle, Riverboat, Sleeper train

Accommodation

Comfortable hotel, Beach resort, Houseboat, Riverboat, Air-con sleeper train, Permanent tented camp, Comfortable lodge, Cultural village

Included Activities

  • Egyptian Museum
  • Egyptian Museum headset
  • Pyramids and Sphinx
  • Karnak Temple
  • Hatshepsut Temple
  • Valley of the Kings (3 tombs)
  • Edfu Temple
  • Kom Ombo Temple
  • Philae Temple
  • Gayer Anderson
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Lake Naivasha - Boat trip
  • Elsamere Conservation Centre
  • Lake Nakuru - Evening game drive
  • Masai Mara - Game drive
  • Serengeti Game drive
  • Serengeti - Game drive
  • Ngorongoro Crater - Game drive
  • Victoria Falls Entrance
  • Nata Pan Excursion
  • Okavango Delta - Mokoro tours & game walks
  • Dqae Qare San Cultural Experience
  • Etosha National Park - Game drives
  • Petrified Forest
  • Twyfelfontein - Bushman Paintings
  • Twyfelfontein Heritage Site
  • Sesriem Canyon
  • Fish River Canyon
  • Canoe trip - Orange River
  • Lamberts bay - Cape Gannet Island

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Grand Africa - Cairo to Cape Town, September 2015

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Important notes

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:
An optional single supplement is available on this trip. Please Note: the single supplement does not apply to the nights spent on the Sleeper Train between Cairo and Luxor, the Houseboat (2 nights) or at Dqae Qare San Lodge in Ghanzi.

HOUSEBOAT:
It is important to know that the cabin sizes in the houseboat are smaller than a standard room. It would be best to pack a day pack for these 2 nights and leave any excess luggage with the truck. This will make it easier for you to get on and off the houseboat and to store a day pack as opposed to your backpack.There are no ensuite rooms on the houseboat, so the bathroom facilities will be shared.

DQAE QARE SAN LODGE:
The lodge supports the local San D'Kar community and is owned and run by the San Bushmen people. This is a unique, cultural Kalahari experience and the standard of accommodation may be below what you would expect on a Peregrine trip - but the experience is well worth it.

Flights between Zanzibar, Johannesburg and Victoria Falls are included. You will be unescorted for this portion of the itinerary.
You will also be unescorted for the Zanzibar sector, but our local representatives will be on hand to look after you on arrival.

This is a combination trip and the composition of your group may change in Nairobi, Zanzibar, Victoria Falls & Windhoek.

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